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Old 11-02-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Where are they strongest? Ft. Collins or Windsor? Loveland?
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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Fort Collins and Loveland feel the effects about the same. Typically the closer you are to the mountains, the stronger the chinooks will be.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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So does Windsor get a different type of wind?
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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Yeah, Windsor gets tornadoes.

Chinooks are a down draft wind and therefore are strongest up against the foothills. These winds typically warm the air as it decends, thereby increasing the temperature closer to the foothills.

Windsor, being on the East of I-25 is further away from foothills, thus not as suspect to the warming winds.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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Hmmmm.......we are checking out that area for retirement, so I may have to adjust to nothing e. of the 25...... (One house has a Ft. C. address, but it is also e. of the 25)..... Both homes, (one in Windsor), with acreage, are in flat country areas with no protection around them...... We are CA urbanites and have lived through earthquakes, santa anas, fires and slides......but so far, no tornados.... Chinooks are one thing, but tornados are definitely 'fear of the unknown'......

Thanks for the info bluescreen and 5280.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:41 PM
 
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I wouldn't be too worried about tornadoes. Your odds of being in one are pretty slim.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:09 AM
 
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Odds are not that great, but they do increase as you go east of 25. Bathrooms at DIA are designated tornado shelters.

Also, this past spring was pretty active in terms of tornadoes, but Windsor was hit pretty hard in May 08.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Right after I responded I saw the thread on the tornado warning for May 8th.....I guess one takes a chance no matter where one lives.....(most people in CA do not get swallowed up by earthquakes either but we always remember the ones who do).

Once again, thank you both for taking the time to respond.

If you are still here, 5280, what is DIA?
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Right after I responded I saw the thread on the tornado warning for May 8th.....I guess one takes a chance no matter where one lives.....(most people in CA do not get swallowed up by earthquakes either but we always remember the ones who do).
That's precisely the way to look at it. Know which weather disaster typically kills the most people every year? Flash floods. More people die driving their cars into flooded roadways than are killed by tornadoes.

I've lived in Texas for 10 years now. The tornado threat here is _much_ higher than the plains of Eastern Colorado, yet the only ones I've seen have been on TV. When we move back to Colorado, I won't think twice about buying a home in Windsor or even Greeley.

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If you are still here, 5280, what is DIA?
Denver International Airport.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Thank you, blue.

This will be a totally different lifestyle for us and we are ready to slow down, smell a few roses, shovel a little bit of snow, (but just a little bit), feel a few winds on our faces, (but not have the skin rubbed off).....but I don't want to have to replace a roof.....LOL

You two have been helpful and I appreciate it!
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